Class in YA lit?
No, not like school classes. Class, as in socioeconomic background. Sherman Alexie is interviewed at Pop Candy, and here’s what he has to say:
There isn’t a lot of poverty literature in the young-adult world. And I don’t know why that is, but I think certainly I felt a gap. I don’t think there’s a whole lot of class literature at all. I think most of that has become racially based, and people don’t think of it as being class literature.
I was actually thinking about this last night/early hours of this morning after listening to the audio version of Missing You by Meg Cabot. Seriously. Because while the whole Rob-is-a-Grit thing had been an issue since the first book in the series, the class conflict, especially on the part of Jess’s mother, seemed so much bigger as I was listening to Missing You. I’ll go into more detail about this in my review of the audiobook, coming soon. I hope.
Also, I really want to read Alexie’s next YA book.
I will be delivering another one soon. I can tell you the title of it: Radioactive Love Song. It’s about an urban Indian kid’s epic odyssey in a car with an iPod stuffed with his mother’s favorite love songs.